Friday, September 11, 2009

9/11 Tribute: Thomas Joseph Shubert, Age 43

Today I have Signed up to participate with Project 2,996, a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Each year they honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers.

Thomas Joseph Shubert, Age 43 had his life tragically taken away on September 11th, 2001. His life was lost but not forgotten. The following is a summery of his life and death so he will continue to be remembered.

Early Life:

"Thomas Shubert was born in Jackson Heights on February 4, 1958. He attended PS 27 for several years until entering St. Fidelis. He was an active young man in soccer, little league as well as the bowling league every Saturday at the old College Lanes. Thomas’ commitment to a solid work ethic is what propelled him on his way into the business world. After graduating high school, he went straight to Wall Street landing his first job with Irving Trust."


Thomas married Diane Rodriguez and together they had a daughter named Renee. Renee was only five years old when her father was killed. In a memorial page Renee says that she wishes she could have had more time with her dad:

"He was my father and from what I can remember a wonderful man. I was only 5 years old when he died, so all I can say is that I wish I could've gotten to know him better."

Thomas's mother Sheila Shubert says: "I used to look out the window and see him,” and his brother Edward Shubert states: "This was an attack on us as humanity, man as a whole,”.

A friend Tim Shelley sends his message to Tom:

"TOM: We were classmates in grade school. We learned our work ethic delivering newspapers from 5am to 7:30am everyday together before school at St.Fidelis. You had such a wonderful sense of humor. See you again someday. Your friend: Tim Shelley"


Thomas J. Shubert was an employee of Cantor Fitzgerald, he worked as an International trader inside the World Trade Center. He was murdered alongside his colleagues on this horrific day along with 657 other employees of Cantor Fitzgerald.

After Death:

Thomas Shubert was not forgotten among his his family and the people around him.

"On September 19, Cantor Fitzgerald made a pledge to distribute 25 percent of the firm's profits for the next five years, and committed to paying for ten years of health care, for the benefit of the families of its 658 former Cantor Fitzgerald, eSpeed, and TradeSpark employees."

"In 2006 the company completed its promise, having paid a total of $180 million."

Thomas's widow Diane Shubert and their daughter Renee both joined with City Councilman Tony Avella at an unveiling of a street sign to honor him and the many others who died on that day.

127th Street and 11th Avenue in College Point was renamed Thomas J. Shubert Avenue. Shubert and his brother played in the neighborhood when they were kids and his mother can see the sign right from her home. His mother says: “It will be like looking out the window all over again.". His brother also ads: “So I would hope that anyone who would walk by would stop for a second and remember what happened that day."

I had never heard of Thomas before I started to look up information about him but from what I can tell he seems like he was a very decent person with a loving family, someone with a life to live and ready to share with others and that's what matters most in his memory. Today I celebrate the people with life to give rather than the people that wish to take it away.